You’d think that iTunes would have somehow put these in something close to chronological order… but where would the fun be in that, right?
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders (from iTunes): The Doctor’s past has caught up with him, and now he must risk death to save the universe from the evil clutches of the Great One.
The four things of note from this (otherwise cheesy) series of episodes…
The Doctor gets a sweet set of wheels! Kevin Smith would be proud of it… since it’s a FLYING car!
UNIT (UNified Intelligence Taskforce, or United Nations Intelligence Taskforce)
I guess the good Doctor worked for the British government? From Wikipedia…
UNIT (UNified Intelligence Taskforce, or United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) is a fictional military organisation from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Operating under the auspices of the United Nations, its purpose is to investigate and combat paranormal and extraterrestrial threats to the Earth. In the original Doctor Who series, several UNIT personnel (such as The Brigadier) played a major role in the programme.
Following the broadcast of the 2005 series, executive producer Russell T Davies explained that the real life United Nations were no longer happy to be associated with the fictional organisation, and the UN’s full name could no longer be used. However, the “UNIT” and “UN” abbreviations can be used, as long as it is not explained what the letters stand for. In 2008, he announced that the organisation’s name has been changed to the “Unified Intelligence Taskforce”. This new name was first mentioned on-screen in “The Sontaran Stratagem”.
The Brigadier is a great addition to the show and this was my second time seeing him. A fun straight man to many of the Doctor’s offbeat actions and comments, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart very much grounds the series (pun intended) on Earth. He helps carry Planet of the Spiders with humor and a sense of purpose.
SPOILER ALERT! (THOUGH YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS AFTER 30 SOME ODD YEARS…)
It seems that my SECOND outing with the THIRD doctor was his FINAL appearance. In the last episode, I was treated to my FIRST regeneration scene… Jon Pertwee fades away to become Tom Baker.
Overall, the most interesting thing about the Planet of the Spiders was the passing of the Doctor. The Spiders as villains seemed somewhat inferior in comparison to previous villains, and I was kind of disappointed that such weakly developed evil characters where the undoing of the Third Doctor.